Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Grassland Studies 2016 Fall Seminar Series

October 31. 3:00 pm–4:00 pm.  Nebraska East Union. Paul Genho, president of AgReserves, Inc., will present the 2016 Leu Distinguished Lecturer, “Fifty years of study and experience with beef systems management.” Free and open to the public. Contact Center for Grassland Studies to view video after seminar.

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series: Ornamental nursery and greenhouse updates 

October 31. 9am.

Mother Earth News Online Summit

October 31 - November 8. This free, online event sponsored by the Grow Network offers presentations by more than 35 experts on growing food and medicine sustainably. Registration is required.

Webinar: SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing

November 1, 6pm – 8pm. Join SARE Farmer Rancher Grant coordinator Joan Benjamin and MN SARE Coordinators Wayne Martin and Kate Seager as they provide an overview of the SARE Farmer Rancher grant program and answer any questions you may have. The meeting link can be found here: November 1, 6pm – 8pm. 

Soil Ecology and the Microscope: A Closer Look at Soil Health

Ben Samuelson's mission is to show the importance of soil microbes in truly regenerative agricultural systems and promote biological management that builds soil, protects water supply, and produces nutrient dense foods.  In pursuit of this goal he studied and worked under Dr. Elaine Ingham practicing composting and light microscopy at her research farm in California.  He is enrolled to begin graduate studies this January with UNL - Dept. of Horticulture investigating factors influencing decomposition of a novel biodegradable mulch cloth that is potentially allowable for organic growers.  Check out his website 

Understanding and meeting your market: Conducting a local customer survey

Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 pm CDT. Location: There is a growing interest in niche poultry production. Before considering starting or expanding a production enterprises, it is crucial to know that you will have a market for what you want to produce. You could sell 'local', 'pasture-raised', etc. Andy Larson, Extension educator in local food systems and small farms at the University of Illinois, will be discussing how to conduct market research.

“Between Earth and Sky”

November 4. 7:30 pm.  Hardin Hall Room: Auditorium. World-renowned canopy biologist Nalini Nadkarni is the speaker for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Young Lecture. Based on her book “Between Earth and Sky,” the presentation is a tapestry of personal stories, research and artwork related to trees’ root systems and canopies, as well as their role in commerce, medicine, urban and wild areas, folklore and the arts. 

Emerald Ash Borer Seminar – Lincoln

November 5. 9:00 am–11:00 am. Lancaster Extension Education Center. Contact, Sarah Browning or Jody Green, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, 402-441-7180lancaster@unl.eduRegistration is required by calling 402-441-7180 by Nov. 2. 

Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

November 4-5. Nebraska City, Nebraska. "Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land" is the conference theme. Keynote speaker Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, workshops, and field tours will focus on trees and permaculture, as well as women's leadership, small-scale diversified agriculture, conservation for women landowners, and more.


Cereal Rye Bales

I have 25 large round bales of cereal rye grass for sale. This grass contains the cereal rye as well as the grass. It was grown as transition crop under organic conditions. It was planted as a cover crop, but a crop was not planted because it was always too wet last spring. This should be able to be ground and used for feed. We can load it for you. Call Cheryl at 402-617-1718. Thanks

Organic Oats

I have 636 bu of organic oats for sale in Kimball county.  32# TW. You can call me at402 327 9936 or 402-560-1385.  Carl Engstrom.

Transition Yellow Corn

We will have approximately 2,000 bushels of newly harvested transition yellow corn available for sale.  Anyone interested can reply directly to me. Thank you, Ken Thiltges, 

Certified Organic Rye

We have 700 bushels of organic rye​. Contact Terry at 402-338-5321 if interested.

For Sale

We have new: geese 6 packs; duck 6 packs; chicken egg 6 packs; paper jumbo cartons for duck eggs; foam large chicken carton; paper chicken cartons. Sold at our cost. Can buy two or more boxes for discounts. Free: gazillions of clean used cartons. Email: lil-nipper-ranch@msn.comPlease place in Subject line: Egg Cartons.  On farm pick up, will consider delivery.  

For Sale

Turkeys. Started on Purina Game Bird Startena, non medicated, 30%. Three weeks ago switched to Soy Free, Non GMO layer ration 19-20%. Also after 8 weeks, free choice organic wheat. Free ranging.  Can do on farm pick up or by possible delivery. Email:  lil-nipper-ranch@msn.comPlease place "Turkeys" on the subject line.  

For Sale

Good Boer breeding bucks for sale.  They are 100% grass fed. Also have a couple nice pastured X- bred (Hereford/large black) boars for sale. If interested call 308-750-1086Bob Bernt

For Sale

Round alfalfa bales.  First cutting.  Good cure.  $60 ea.  200 available.  Can load. Please call George Oamek at 402-980-9770Sharon Oamek, Honey Creek Creamery, Inc.    

Equipment for Sale

BCS 749 walk behind tractor with 30" tiller, rotary plow, and potato/root digger blade for sale. Tractor features 13 HP Honda GX390 gas engine, 3 forward and 3 reverse speeds, individual wheel brakes, power safe clutch, pull start (always starts on first pull). This thing is a beast with a great warranty. Used 2.5 seasons. This is a package deal. Rotary plow essential in making and maintaining raised beds, hilling potatoes, etc. Tiller will go deep and create great fine tilled beds and the root digger is great for rolling the taters out. Available for pick up in southeast Nebraska. Thanks, Robert White,

For Sale

I have a 1967 John Deere 2510 for sale. It's diesal. I am the third owner. The last owner rebuilt the engine. It handles well, turns good and you can clearly see what you're doing from the seat. It has six implements, 2 cultivators, a chisel, a disk, a 3 bottom plow and a 5' land pride reverse tiller. The tiller makes a fine seed bed on level ground but isn't appropraite for sloped ground as it will drag to soil to the bottom. The tiller was only used for two years. If you're interested please send me an e-mail and I can send you pictures. Thanks, Maria Stewart, Lebanon, Ks, 

Osage Orange Posts

Over the years several NSAS members, especially organic producers , have bought osage orange posts from my son Chris Rohrbaugh.  He still offers posts but is also producing for Crete Lumber in Crete.  Crete Lumber has always been a great supporter of sustainable agriculture. Paul & Cyndie Rohrbaugh, Pawnee Pride Meats
Steinauer, NE. 

​New Farm Storage Facility Loan

​T​he Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program administered by the FSA has expanded to include some new eligible commodities. The new commodities eligible for facility loans include floriculture, hops, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Commodities already eligible for the loans include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, and fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities.​ ​FSA has expanded the FSFL program to include portable equipment and storage and handling trucks.  These items can be new or used.  Along with these changes in equipment eligibility, the FSFL program now has a Microloan option for producers that have $50,000 or less in FSFL loans.  The FSFL Microloan reduces the down payment requirement from 15% to 5% and offers an abbreviated application by allowing the producer to self-certify their storage need. Loan applications should be filed in the administrative FSA office that maintains the farm’s records.​ ​For more information about Farm Storage​ Facility Loans, visit ​ ​, or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit


Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems

November 8. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. In this session with Eero Ruuttila, Research Farm Manager for Johnny's Selected Seeds, participants will look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations, while minimizing tillage and the use of plastic mulches. The webinar will highlight the biological characteristics of Northeastern cover crop species with suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good cover crop stands, and suggestions on when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later cash crops. Focus will be placed on using the right cover crops prior to the planned vegetable crop to be planted and use of cover crops during the traditional summer fallow period.

Improved Grazing Management Online Course

November 9 - December 14, 2016, Wednesday evenings. Northeast Beginning Farmers Project offers this online course. As a participant, you will learn the key concepts of successful grazing operations that can be adapted and successfully implemented on your own farm. Focus will be on grazing ruminant livestock. This course is designed for livestock producers who have already initiated grazing practices on their farm, and who have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of their animals and of their pasture ecosystems.

Farm to Market Conference

November 11-1
Cheyenne, Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops division and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension are hosting a Farm to Market Conference developed to help you have garden to table-safe vegetables, process vegetables safely, have a better farmers market, and even save a few of your favorite seeds along the way. On Friday attendees have a choice of full-day workshops. On Saturday there will be four tracks with multiple programs.

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